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Ready to get back into yoga or keen to try it for the first time? Canberra is home to many wonderful studios offering a variety of classes for all skill levels and abilities, not to mention some very unique ways to do your downward dog.
Swap your yoga mat for a stand-up paddleboard on the water to strengthen and stretch your body with Float Yoga. A low impact workout, float yoga aims to strengthen and focus the mind and body as you try and keep those toes out of the water.
Joga Yoga was established in 2017 and has flourished here in the Capital as it combines traditional yoga practices with a modern twist. Jo the founder of Joga Yoga holds her weekly yoga classes on stand- up paddleboards or SUPs at Manuka Pool and pop up classes throughout the year on Lake Burley Griffin.
Joga Yoga is also running a pop up free yoga class in the city until March 29 on Tuesday and Thursdays. Open to all skill levels you can join Jo in Latin America Plaza to stretch, centre and revitalise yourself this summer.
Float Yoga: Manuka Pool | Wednesdays from 7 pm | $35 for 1hr classes | jogayoga.com.au/book-online
SUP Yoga: Lake Burley Griffin | jogayoga.com.au/book-online
here.’s Downer studio is a calm, warm cocoon of mindfulness. With yoga classes incorporating functional movement and mindful cues to achieve a moving meditation, here is for those yogis wanting to be completely grounded in their practice.
Based on a vinyasa flow framework you will seamlessly move through sequences that challenge your strength and flexibility, there is a focus on postural alignment and connection to breath, keeping you present throughout the class.
here | Shop 3, 2 Frencham Place, Downer | behere.co/services/yoga
Taking place in leafy and cool Bowen Park next to Lake Burley Griffin and the Kingston Foreshore each Thursday from 6 pm, bring along a mat and get back to nature in this no-walls no-worries space.
Hosted by Yoga with Kayla, a Registered Vinyasa and Yin Yoga teacher, class attendance is by donation and the nature of the space means there are no numbers limitations. You can even bring your dog!
Bowen Park, Kingston Foreshore | Thursdays 6-7 pm | facebook.com/yogawkayla | Classes by donation
Ready to sweat? Designed to get the blood pumping and sweat dripping, Bikram Yoga is 26 poses over 90 minutes in a room heated to 38 degrees with 40% humidity.
This intense workout aims to oxygenate 100% of the body, improve immunity, and flush the lymphatic system while strengthening all muscles in the body.
Bikram Yoga, located in Mitchell, holds classes daily for all skill levels and abilities.
Mums N Bubs Yoga
Canberra Yoga Space (CYS) in Phillip offers a range of classes to suit people of all needs and abilities – including new parents! With their Mums N Bubs 10 week course, CYS welcomes parents with babies ages six weeks (natural birth) and 12 weeks (c- section birth) to crawling age to join them for postnatal yoga to help build up strength, flexibility and bonding time with your baby.
The session is focused around relieving tension and stress with breathing and meditation practices in a relaxing and supportive environment alongside other Mums.
Canberra Yoga Space 6/13 Botany St, Phillip | canberrayogaspace.com.au
CYS also offers Chair Yoga for those with reduced physical ability such as lack of mobility, balance problems and joint challenges.
By modifying traditional Hatha Yoga the classes aim to focus on breathing, stretching, posture and strengthening in an environment suited to the needs of each individual.
Canberra Yoga Space 6/13 Botany St, Phillip | 02 6198 3395 / 0490 451 732 | canberrayogaspace.com.au
Power Yoga Canberra offers classes across Canberra with locations in Belconnen and Woden. Power Yoga aims to provide a positive learning experience for everyone across many skill levels. Rooms can be heated to 30 degrees to get the blood pumping as other sessions aim to control breathing, define pose and strength as well as sessions focused on meditation, mindfulness and stretching.
Power yoga holds five different types of classes: Flow, Focus, Yin, Unwind and Fundamentals.
Each class offers a different aspect on traditional yoga weather you are looking for quick yoga sessions or extended classes.
Power Yoga Canberra | Belconnen: Level 1, 1 Oatley Court, Belconnen | Woden: Level 1, 21 Altree Court, Woden| poweryogacanberra.com.au
Pilates and Barre
If you’re looking for a free-flowing form of exercise that is a little more upbeat from yoga, I highly recommend Pilates or Barre.
Pilates aims to build strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture. With an emphasis on form rather than working towards a workout burn Pilates uses a variation of exercises. Pilates uses the entire body as you strengthen and stretch. The process requires concentration to master and define each move.
Barre (noun: pronounced ‘BAR’ as in “after this workout, I am going to get a cocktail at the bar”)
This trendy form of exercise focuses on mindful movement as it incorporates Yoga and Pilates into a ballet style class to build strength, flexibility and posture.
With the use of small weights, full body motion and holding yourself up while continuing small movements of the body, Barre will keep you on your toes, literally.
Canberra has a variety of studio across the capital with Pilates and Barre workshops and classes daily:
here offers a variety of Pilates classes
Shop 3, 2 Frencham Place, Downer | behere.co/services
Pilates Canberra offers a variety of Pilates and Barre classes
14a Macquarie St, Barton | 0412 022 917 | pilatescanberra.com.au/timetable
Hale Gym and Spa offers both reformer and mat Pilates and Barre classes
10- 14 Macquarie Street, Barton | halehealth.com.au/gym/barre
SOULution Yoga Studio offers both Pilates and Barre
30 Lonsdale Street Braddon | soulutionyoga.com/classes
Lucas Studios Pilates offers both reformer and mat Pilates
2/173 Flemington Road, Mitchell | lucasstudios.com.au